Former title-contender Kenny Florian may have stepped foot inside the Octagon for the final time as a fighter after herniating a disc in his back a few months ago. The injury occurred while Florian was lifting weights to bulk back up after slimming down for a run at the featherweight title. Though the 35-year old has done little but rest since, according to Florian, he’s still experiencing pain/numbness whenever he attempts to do anything overly physical.
“As of right now, obviously I can’t compete and train like I was at all. I’m just kind of doing what I can and hoping that things heal up and get better,” explained the Ultimate Fighter alumnus in a conversation with the Boston Herald. “I’m just kind of in a holding pattern. That’s why I decided to do this commentary for the time being and take this next six months to really heal up and try to make some money on the side. It sucks. The last couple of months I’ve just been figuring out what’s going on and what I’m going to do.”
Based on the severity of the damage and lack of recovery thus far, based on advice he’s received from medical professionals, it may mean the premature end of his MMA career.
“It’s possible, unfortunately. I’ve kind of been going back-and-forth with some of the doctors, so it’s possible,” said Florian. It’s not good. That’s why I’m trying to stay hopeful. We’ll see.”
Florian is 14-6 in his career with the bulk of his bouts taking place in the UFC after a run to the finals on the first season of TUF. He has beaten a number of respected adversaries since, taking out the likes of Roger Huerta, Joe Lauzon, and Clay Guida.
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